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wise for an embrace. -- world wide for an embrace. >> welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the world. it is the global movement that stretches from manhattan to mumbai. today occupy wall street protesters clashed with police. three months after they brought their demands to national attention, they were blocked from reaching the stock exchange. dozens were arrested. our reporter is on the scene and she starts our coverage. >> this was the scene by the symbol of america's financial system. a demonstration against corporate greed turned violent.
>> you go to the middle east and you are like, we are going to spread democracy. and our government is -press- -- our government is suppressing democracy. >> there have been confrontations between the police and the protesters all day. the protesters want to show that even though they cannot camp out, there is still momentum in their movement. there are hundreds of police officers on the streets of lower manhattan. eet?hose str our street. >> the protesters were evicted days ago. they can still gather, but not camp. >> i think it can be a great step in the evolution of this.
>> we shut down this intersection. gather here. >> they are on the move again for plans -- with plans for a mass rally. >> this has to be treated like a crisis. we cannot let people on wall street destroyed the lives of so many people. >> they say they are drawing attention to any quality in america. >> they have found a platform to create that conversation at a more grassroots level than it has been. >> at times, this was a bloody day. it is clear what the protest is against. where does it go from here? >> here in the nation's capital, members of occupy washington, d.c. held rallies of their own. our reporter joins me now.
this is a nationwide movement. what did you find? >> it is true to say there are supporters across the country. we have seen supporters from east coast to the west coast. there were few people out today. there were 150 or 200 people who moved from the white house to georgetown to the bridge. the chant is similar, but the numbers are not there. this is a movement that had pretty much lost momentum and public support. the actions of the police has now pushed them back into the headlines. we are reporting tonight as are the american networks. the attention is focused back on the organization. it has given the momentum.
the question is, where does it go from here. ? >> protesters say they will make it through the winter. it is a long-lasting movement. what is your take? what happens next? >> there is one argument that says is a bicycle wheel and is strained comes from this diversity like spokes in a wheel. do notbuy it -- i do not buy it. i do not see it as a movement that can appeal to large numbers. as those protesters moved past the buildings, i spoke to one of the workers and asked him what did he think of the protesters. they were slightly astonished by what was taking place. did he agree with their rage? yes he did. the problem is that it has not
gotten significant numbers of fellow travelers, the kind of people you expect to see of these demonstrations, anti-war veterans. if not, it does not have the impact they want. >> the occupied movement is not isolated to the united states. similar protests have taken place in more than 80 countries around the world. in london, demonstrators have been ordered to leave. tonight, the deadline for them to come and-- deadline for them to leave came and went. >> as soon as the notices were posted, they were ripped down. a statement of intent by the act in this crusade there protests -- here toactivist -- the activists who say they are here
to stay. >> we are not going anywhere. we are here to stay. welcome to the state of the democratic republic of kitchen. >> the legal analysis says all tense must be removed. some are on the pavement. it is not clear if they are subject to be legal proceedings. a handful of protesters are camped on a church owned lands. that has ruled out taking any eviction actions. that has raised the question that some protesters could move on to church owned property. >> they have raised issues, which are resonating with the public and which were heavy. doing so, a permanent camp site is not the place, the time, or the place to do it.
>> the church is in a potentially uncomfortable position. it has said it will not sign onto any evictions. the protesters could close down st. paul's as we approach christmas. they would come under some bill -- severe pressure. >> if they need it does, it will not change anything. we will grow bigger and bigger. i know that. i am sure. >> you believe in what you are doing. >> yes. >> to leave it to be protesters, it would take -- monthsto evict -- to evict the protesters would take months and cost millions of pounds.
>> there is no denying that the occupied movement has had an impact on public debate. the financial system is discussed by policymakers in the ways it was not before the protests began. alan simpson cochaired a national commission on fiscal irresponsibility. so far, nothing has happened. recently, alan simpson sat down to tell us why. >> alan simpson is a wyoming truth teller. if you look in the dictionary, says saysinty 0-- it flinty and it has his picture. >> alan simpson and erskine bowles reported back from their commission one year ago. >> if we continue to say we can
get this done without touching medicare, medicaid, social security, defense, just give them the course/. there is a tipping -point come- -- give them the horse lash. it will come from the market that says this is a dysfunctional political system in the united states. the guy who gets hurt the most is the one they all talk about and moan about, the little guy. >> as members of congress continue to deliberate, he looks further afield at other countries grappling with similar issues. this was before the debt crisis began to affect france. >> if they do not recognize the importance of just doing a plan, why is it that the markets
germany or england or france. we do not have a plan. >> alan simpson spent 18 years in the senate, a time when things were done differently. he says he despairs of a political culture that concentrates on scoring points and not tackling issues. >> what can we do to screw the democrat party or the republican party or dump something on obama that he will have to veto. they push one in there with the taxes on the rich. it is not fun to watch. i would not add it. it is sad. >> disappointed with politicians and they tell you to fix the country's problem seems like it is at the heart of the
tea party and the occupied movement. >> i do not know what it is useful. it comes from discussed. i would like to ask the question of not how much the guy is worth, but what does he give to charity? if a guy is making $17 million a year and coughing up 30% of it to the salvation army and planned parenthood and things they believe in or whatever it is, i have a more charitable view. if they are just off to get their second aircraft and another yacht, they are not on the same team and i feel for them. >> senator alan simpson looking for a plan. greek police used tear gas when violence broke out at a rally. it was an annual events to
commemorate the 1973 uprising against the military rulers. today, it became a protest against the new government and spending cuts. the protests in italy where the new prime minister has promised to reform pensions and crack down on tax evasion. he said the coming years would be the toughest for italy since the second world war. the man arrested after two shots were fired and after the -- at the white house has been charged. he was picked up in pennsylvania and will be taken to d.c. to face charges. after decades of isolation, there are signs that burma is being welcomed back into the international fold. southeast asian nations agreed that harwell -- that burma will
share the -- >> she is mobbed everywhere she goes. conditions that prevented her parties standing in the elections were lifted this week - part d's standing in -- elections were lifted this week. >> the great majority of our people will go in for re registration. >> what sorts of reforms are we seeing here? how do you see burma changing? >> there you are.
it is a change, isn't it? you are sitting here interviewing me. you have been out among the people. >> this is the first grammys generation that may not have to grow a under -- first burmese generation that may not have to grow up under a dictatorship in half a century. it is the speed at which these reforms are being implemented. hopefully she will stand in the elections and win. if she goes to parliament with a democratic mandate, that will transform politics in burma. another sign of the way things are changing is the seal of approval from neighboring nations saying burma should host their next meeting in 2014.
>> it is not about the past. it is about the future. when the leaders are doing now is trying to ensure that the process of change continues. the momentum is maintained. >> the leader they call the lady looks as if she is running for office already. the cost has been great. the long years of seclusion that prevented her from seeing her dying husband. she says she has not suffered. >> i never thought of it as suffering. i find it embarrassing when people talk about my suffering. people have died. nobody who is still alive has a right to complain. >> she told me the new president is a good listener. the voice of the barn needs burmese e -- the
people is being hurt. >> still to come, reaching out to the world one embrace at a time. the woman calledhu to the hugging saint. the top foreign policy priority for the u.s. lies in the asian- pacific region. the comments came while addressing the australian parliament. >> president obama visited the tomb of australia's follette war heroes. they fought with america in every major conflict of the 20th century. it was the asian century.
president obama turned his attention to it in a speech to the austrian parliament. he said america was here to stay. >> half of humanity -- asia will define if the century ahead will be marked by conflict or cooperation. needless suffering or human progress. >> throughout the speech, there were references to china, a mixture of encouragement and economic growth and trade that everyone could share in. there was a need for responsibility and restraint. the president said the united states would increase its military presence in australia just as it was doing with other allies in the region. >> this has been taking place
>> the regime has shown no signs of compromise despite repeated promises that it will engage in a dialogue with political prisoners and it would pull its army back. whether it is the pressure of the arab league or the pressure from the protesters. >> what happens to the countries that had been backing syria. >> russia has used the violence as a means to say the regime has justification. the military challenges do not represent a civil war.
it is a military that is pervasive in every city in major ways. it will take a lot more before this represents a civil war. >> the russian prime minister seems to be suggesting there are westerners going in to protect the protesters from neighboring countries. do we know who is helping the protesters in syria? >> there are some government in the region that might like to. the regime has reportedly had support from iran. both sides may be fueled by interest in the region. >> if they do not meet the deadline on saturday, the arab league will send in monitors. what happens after that? what kind of sanctions could they put on assad that will force him out of office? >> they could withhold oil
purchases. 95% of syria's oil goes to europe. this had been a major blow for president assad. there is psychological and political pressure of neighbors turning against the regime. they have supported each other during the dictatorship. the turks have very good commercial relations. this has psychological pressure that is equally important as the economic pressure. >> do you think he goes and when? >> this could be a long and bloody process. this will not happen in 18 or 30
days like it did in tunisia. >> now for a much needed pick me up that people want to recede. in these tough economic times, all but could use a good hug. described as being -- as the hugging saint, she travels the world embracing anyone who wants her to. >> everyone here is in line for a hug. t know what you might get out of the? -- get out of it? >> no idea. >> i think she is wonderful. she is overflowing with love and i think i need that. >> giving the hugs is anna.
born in india, she left school to look after her family. she would offer a hug to anyone in need. she is revered by many as a great soul. today, 6000 to 9000 people will receive a hug. >> anybody can come for a hug. >> hindus, christians, non- believers. the slightly curious. a stopwatch kept in the line moving. >> you cannot explain how you feel.
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